The Rafter R Ranch in Custer County, South Dakota has 3,670 deeded acres and excellent big game hunting, all just 27 miles from Rapid City, the gateway to the Black Hills. The ranch boasts spectacular views. Custer State Park forms the western border and is only about 2 miles from the Wildlife Loop, Park Airport and Custer Park Game Lodge. About two-thirds of the ranch is comprised of gently rolling pastures and meadows, with the remainder in Black Hills spruce, ponderosa pine, birch, aspen, and oak--excellent habitat for the large elk, deer, mountain lion and wild turkey that abound here. The fabulous home was built in 2000 and has 4125 square feet of finished living space. The gourmet kitchen is a cooks dream. The home is timber framed and and the exterior is mostly rock and glass. There is an attache underground 2198 square foot garage and over 6000 square feet of paver patio.There is also a rock barn and a 1200 square foot guest house with 2 bedrooms and a full bath. The property is both secluded and easily accessible year around via a graveled county road. Multiple wells and ponds provide necessary water for livestock and big game. Improvements are functional and include working corrals. Most of the perimeter and some pastures are fenced. There is no conservation easement on the property. Three thousand-plus acres is considered a large holding in The Black Hills, and rarely does one of this size become available so close to Rapid City and Custer State Park without a conservation easement. The Rafter R Ranch presents the discerning buyer with distinct opportunities in one of the most sought-after areas in the region. The owner will also consider selling parcels.Location:The Rafter R Ranch is located south and West of Hermosa, South Dakota. Go south of Hermosa, South Dakota for 7 miles on Highway 79, then turn west on Cobb Road for 1 mile.Locale:Custer State Park is famous for its bison herds, other wildlife, scenic drives, historic sites, visitor centers, fishing lakes, resorts, campgrounds and interpretive programs. In fact, it was named as one of theWorld's Top Ten Wildlife Destinationsfor the array of wildlife within the park's borders and for the unbelievable access visitors have to them.One of the nations largest state parks, just 15 miles from the city of Custer, South Dakotas premier State Park comprises 71,000 acres.Custer State Park has been home to diverse cultural heritages for thousands of years and has provided an array of scenic beauty and outdoor recreation for visitors since the early 1900s.Recreation:The Rafter R Ranch offers endless recreational possibilities for the outdoor enthusiast, both on the property and in the adjacent Custer Sate Park. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and fishing in the summer combine with snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the winter to create the perfect year-round retreat.Wildlife:The ranch consists of several environments which support a very diverse collection of wildlife. The riparian corridor offers habitat for mule deer, elk, antelope, mountain lion and numerous other birds and smaller mammals. Mule deer and pronghorn antelope browse the creek bottoms and forage the native grasses. During the fall and into the winter months, herds of elk can be found residing on the ranch for multiple days at a time.Mineral Rights:All mineral rights appurtenant to the property owned by the seller will transfer with the real estate. Sellers make no representation regarding what mineral rights they presently own.Taxes:The 2017 real estate taxes payable in 2018 are $4847 annually.Fences & Boundaries:The perimeter of the property is completely fenced. The seller is making known to all potential purchasers that there may be variations between the deeded property lines and the location of the existing fence boundary lines on the subject property. Seller makes no warranties about location of the fence lines in relationship to the deeded property lines, nor does the seller make any warranties or representations about specific acreage within the fenced property lines. Seller is selling the property in an as is condition which includes the location of the fences as they exist.Boundaries shown on accompanying maps are approximate based on the legal description and may not indicate a survey. Maps are not to scale and are for visual aid only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed.Broker Comments:There are a few destination locations in the region where it is becoming increasingly challenging to find and acquire large acreage recreational properties. Rapid City and the surrounding area is an example of this. With its proximity to Rapid City, Rafter R Ranch represents an opportunity to purchase a substantial holding. The land is exceptionally scenic and very private, while adjacent to a state park and vast amounts of wilderness to access. The property is minimally improved, there are numerous choice building sites, and the land is not encumbered with a conservation easement.